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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Campus Locations - E

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Emma Lang Hall

 Citation: A. Wesley Roehm, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1928), p. 209.

Emma Lang posing for a photograph. Source: Box 3 Faculty and Staff, File BW.06.L3 Lang, Emma.

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On Founder's Day, October 17, 1927, ground was broken for Baldwin-Wallace's $200,000 Dormitory for Women. President Wishart of Wooster delivered the address following an academic procession from the South Campus.

The dormitory, a four-story building and accommodating 130 women students, will face on the North Campus. The rear will overlook Beech Street. There will be a dining room capable of seating 200 persons, besides the private guest dining rooms. The first floor will contain the Dean's suite of rooms, men's guest room, social rooms, and 16 student rooms. The second floor, and also the third, will contain women's guest rooms and student rooms. A large open-air dormitory on the fourth floor will serve as a sleeping room for those who prefer to have only study rooms on the second and third floor. The other type of student rooms will provide for sleeping quarters. The dormitory will be occupied in September of 1928.

Financial aid has been solicited of alumni, former students, and friends of the College. It was announced that of the $200,000 required for the project, $72,000 has already been obtained.

Citation: Bette Lou Higgins, The Past We Inherit: A history of Baldwin-Wallace College 1835 - 1974 (printed by the author, 1974), 96.

One of the first buildings to arrive during those growing years was The Emma Lang Hall.

Built in 1928, the women’s dorm which serves as home to 175 girls was named in honor of the wife of a B-W trustee, George C. Lang. George, who ran a furniture and undertaking business on Lorain Ave., and his wife not only donated money to B-W, but also to the Methodist Children’s Home making possible the building of the George C. Lang Cottage in 1938.

The Tudor style dorm was given minor renovation in 1940. The dining room ceiling was replaced and the parlor and front halls were redecorated. The parlor was furnished by Mrs. S.A. Wilson and named in memory of Baldwin Institute’s first president, Rev. Holden Dwight and his sister Catherine.

Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

Lang Hall was dedicated at 1 :30 in the afternoon on October 13, 1928, one year after the groundbreaking. It would be used as a women's dormitory, which was greatly needed at that time. Wilber J. Watson and Associates, of Cleveland, were the architects, while R. S. Ursprung of Berea was the general contractor. The hall, located on Beech Street near Bagley in the north quadrangle, was large enough to accommodate 130 women. It was modern and displayed a home-like atmosphere with its design and 9 furnishings. The hall is an "L" shaped building, 175 feet in

Emma Lang Hall as seen in 1943. Just to the right of Lang can be seen part of the roof and chimney of Hulet Hall. Source: Alumnae Marilyn Weiss as part of the V-12 oral history project.

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length by 40 feet wide. It was four stories and a basement. The basement contained a cafeteria and dining room large enough to accommodate 200 people at the same time. The first floor contained the Dean's suite, now used by the hall director. Each floor also contained bathroom and laundry facilities. The building was constructed of fireproof and non-combustible materials. The exterior walls were stone and stucco, with a fireproof steel frame and brick and tile partitions.

The cost for the project was $206,000 of which $104,528 was pledged by 412 contributors. The contributors included trustees, faculty, alumni, and the local sororities and the class of 1928 with gift amounts ranging from one $1,000 to $25,000. At the time of its opening, however, one half still remained unpaid.

The hall was named in honor of Mrs. Emma Stocker Lang, graduate of Baldwin Wallace and wife of a B-W trustee. She was a notable business owner, contributor to the Methodist Church, Methodist Children's Home, Baldwin-Wallace College, and member of the Methodist Hall of Fame for Philanthropy.

Lang Hall is still used today as a women's residence hall and the cafeteria in the basement of the hall serves north campus students.


Ernsthausen Hall

 Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

Ernsthausen Hall was dedicated on October 19, 1961 , the Baldwin-Wallace Annual Founder's Day and 115th Birthday of the college. The hall was the eighth new facility built under Dr. Bonds, was built to provide residence facilities for 216 men. The building, located at the comer of Maple (Tressel) and Center Streets, was built at a cost of $900,000. The architects for the Colonial Style building were Heine, Crider, and Williamson. The building was constructed by the Hoelzel-Martini Company. The groundbreaking and laying of the cornerstone was conducted on Founder's Day of 1960.

The east wing was named in honor of John F. Ernsthausen, who had been a Baldwin-Wallace Trustee and counselor since 1946. He had given valuable support and leadership to the Ohio Methodism and the Berea children's Home and other church activities, as well as church and community activities in Norwalk, Ohio. He earned the national Horatio Alger Award in 1959 for his outstanding business career as founder and President of Norwalk Truck Lines.

The west wing was named in honor of Mrs. Doris E. Ernsthausen. Along with her husband, she was an important benefactor of Baldwin-Wallace College. She also had an interest in young people and provided for her church and community.

The hall consists of four sections; Ernsthausen Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast. The two-story building has a lounge in each section on the first floor and a chapter room for fraternities and sororities on the second floor, as well as bathroom facilities on each floor. The east and west wings are separated by a courtyard and walkway. The hall is presently the home to the Phi Mu and Alpha Zi Delta sororities, and Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternities. Independent men and women also live on the first floor of the east wing. 

Ethel Tudor Management Home

 Citation: Updated B-W History, n.d.

Located at 296 Beech Street, the Ethel Tudor Management Home was used by the Home-Economics department of B-W for its home management course. Every six to eight weeks a new group of senior home economics majors moved into the house and took over the management of the house. The program was under the direction of Mrs. Ruth Bauer a Home Economics Professor. Four or five girls occupied the house at the same time and took turns being hostess, cook, waitress, housemaid, and "project girl". The roles included planning, preparation, and serving of all meals, entertaining, house work and furniture remodeling. The girls were to live on .75 cents to $1.10 per day.

The original management house was opened in 1914. The house management house was relocated to Beech Street when the original house was removed to make room for Ritter Liberate. The house was named in honor of Ethel Tudor who was the head of the Home Economics department from 1916 until 1944. The dedication of the house was held during the Alumni Weekend in June of 1961. The house has been used by the college as the Safety and Security Building since 1991.